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Microsoft and Industry Partners Gear Up for Biggest Enterprise Launch Wave

Reaching a major milestone in development, Microsoft Corp. made available the Windows Server 2008 release candidate one (RC1) for customers to download and evaluate. In addition, Microsoft committed more than $150 million (U.S.) worldwide for outreach and demand generation to IT professionals and developers, and disclosed additional details and partner programs in preparation for the “Heroes Happen Here” launch events, beginning on Feb. 27, 2008, in Los Angeles. The launch features Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, and the theme is focused on celebrating the incredible work that IT professionals and developers do to deliver heroic results to their organizations, colleagues and customers.

“This is the largest enterprise launch in our history, and both Microsoft and many of our industry partners are making a significant investment in a worldwide rollout,” said Andy Lees, corporate vice president of the Server & Tools Marketing and Solutions Group at Microsoft. “The feedback from partners and customers on these three products has consistently been fantastic. Bringing customers and partners into the development process early helps enable us to deliver the best, most tested and proven new versions of these Microsoft products we’ve ever developed.”

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